For the second consecutive year, World Partnerships was honored to welcome the "International Anti-Corruption Champions" to the United States prior to receiving their awards from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, DC. Nine IVLP visitors from Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Montenegro, Panama and Timor-Leste engaged in a series of interactive, substantive workshops led by local, state and Federal law enforcement the judiciary, and academia, all focused on the anti-corruption theme of the project.
As Secretary Blinken noted in his remarks at the December 8 awards ceremony:
"[T]he actions of determined individuals can make a difference, are making a difference. They can puncture the seemingly impenetrable walls of impunity. They can rekindle citizens’ faith in their own capacity to make governments and institutions work for them. Indeed, they and you are often the only way that change effectively happens."
Watch Secretary Blinken's remarks at the International Anti-Corruption Champions Awards on December 8, 2023!